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Fulton County residents arrested for welfare fraud: investigators

November 5, 2013
The Leader Herald

JOHNSTOWN - A news release said after investigations by the Fulton County Department of Social Services Investigative Unit, 20 Fulton County residents were arrested for welfare fraud.

In all, the release said, about $65,471 was taken illegally from the welfare system.

Those charged were:

Gary Wilder, 40, of Perth was arrested on April 26 and charged with first-degree offering a false instrument for filing, fourth-degree grand larceny and fourth-degree welfare fraud.

It was determined he failed to report his employment, the release said. He received $2,943 in SNAP benefits he was not entitled to, the release said.

He was issued an appearance ticket for Johnstown City Court and sentenced on July 16.

Jill Morrison, 36, of Gloversville was arrested on May 21 and charged with first-degree offering a false instrument for filing, fifth-degree welfare fraud and petit larceny.

It was determined she failed to disclose she was receiving assistance in North Carolina, the release said. She received $417 in SNAP benefits and $451 in Temporary Assistance benefits she was not entitled to, the release said.

She was issued an appearance ticket for Johnstown City Court.

Laura Richardson, 35, of Johnstown was arrested on May 16 and charged with first-degree offering a false instrument for filing, fifth-degree welfare fraud and petit larceny.

It was determined she failed to report her business Rob Dogs, the release said. She received $425 in HEAP benefits she was not entitled to.

She was issued an appearance ticket for Johnstown City Court and sentenced June 11.

Deborah Bushnoe, 53, of Gloversville was arrested May 16 and was charged with first-degree offering a false instrument for filing, fourth-degree grand larceny and fourth-degree welfare fraud.

It was determined she failed to report rental income, the release said. She received $1,010 in HEAP benefits she was not entitled to, the release said.

She was issued an appearance ticket for Johnstown City Court.

Yolanda Francois, 42, of Gloversville was arrested Aug. 7 and charged with first-degree offering a false instrument for filing.

It was determined she failed to report Social Security benefits received by a household member, the release said.

She was issued an appearance ticket for Johnstown City Court and sentenced on Sept. 3.

Erica Marble, 19 of Sidney N.Y., was arrested on Aug. 12 and charged with first-degree offering a false instrument for filing.

It was determined she applied for benefits for a household member who did not reside with her, the release said.

She was issued an appearance ticket for Johnstown City Court and sentenced Sept. 17.

Mack Lane, 37, of Gloversville was arrested on Aug. 13 and charged with first-degree offering a false instrument for filing, third-degree grand larceny, and third-degree welfare fraud.

It was determined he failed to report all household members on his applications for SNAP and HEAP, the release said. He received $8,074 in SNAP benefits and $2,045 in HEAP benefits he was not entitled to, the release said.

He was issued an appearance ticket for Johnstown City Court.

Jamie Dygert, 34, of St. Johnsville was arrested Aug. 13 and charged with first-degree offering a false instrument for filing.

It was determined she failed to report unemployment benefits on her SNAP application, the release said.

She was issued an appearance ticket for Johnstown City Court.

Rebecca Bunn, 25, of Gloversville was arrested Aug. 16 and charged with first-degree offering a false instrument for filing, third-degree grand larceny and third-degree welfare fraud.

It was determined she failed to report all household members on her applications for benefits, the release said. She received $1,945 in Temporary Assistance benefits, $1,437 in SNAP benefits, and $1,125 in child care benefits she was not entitled to, the release said.

She was issued an appearance ticket for Johnstown City Court.

Leraye Atwood, 35, of Gloversville was arrested Aug. 27 and charged with first-degree offering a false instrument for filing, third-degree grand larceny and third-degree welfare fraud.

It was determined she applied for benefits and failed to list all income and her spouse in the household, the release said. She received $10,131 in temporary assistance benefits and $6,379 in SNAP benefits.

She was issued an appearance ticket for Johnstown City Court.

Mark Lagrange, 50, of Johnstown was arrested Sept. 17 and charged with first-degree offering a false instrument for filing, fourth-degree grand larceny and fourth-degree welfare fraud.

It was determined he falsely reported his address to the agency, the release said. He received $1,000 in SNAP benefits he was not entitled to, the release said.

He was issued an appearance ticket for Johnstown City Court.

Renee Jackson, 42, of Johnstown was arrested on Sept. 17 and charged with first-degree offering a false instrument for filing, third-degree grand larceny, and third-degree welfare fraud.

It was determined she failed to report all household members on her applications for assistance, the release said. She received $15,320 in SNAP benefits and $1,460 in HEAP benefits she was not entitled to, the release said.

She was arraigned in Johnstown City Court.

Cheryl Gifford, 51, of Mayfield was arrested Sept. 24 and charged with first-degree offering a false instrument for filing, third-degree grand larceny and third-degree welfare fraud.

It was determined she under-reported business income on her applications for assistance, the release said. She received $4,504 in SNAP benefits, $4,915 in Medicaid benefits, and $625 in HEAP benefits, the release said.

She was issued an appearance ticket for Johnstown City Court.

Deborah Masala, 36, of Northville was arrested Oct. 1 and charged with first-degree offering a false instrument for filing.

It was determined she failed to report unemployment benefits on her application for assistance, the release said.

She was issued an appearance ticket for Johnstown City Court.

Erica Shaffer, 30, of Gloversville was arrested Oct. 1 and was charged with first-degree offering a false instrument for filing.

It was determined she submitted altered documentation to the agency, the release said. She received child care benefits she was not entitled to, the release said.

She was issued an appearance ticket for Johnstown City Court and sentenced Oct. 29.

It was determined she failed to report her bank accounts on her application for assistance, the release said.

She was issued an appearance ticket for Johnstown City Court and sentenced Oct. 29.

Shirley Lane, 60, of Johnstown was arrested Oct. 1 and charged with misuse of food stamps and petit larceny.

It was determined she used a benefit card that she was not authorized to use, the release said.

She was issued an appearance ticket for Johnstown City Court.

Joy VanNostrand, 40, of Gloversville was arrested Oct. 7 and charged with misuse of a benefit card and petit larceny

It was determined she used a benefit card that she was not authorized to use, the release said.

She was issued an appearance ticket for Johnstown City Court.

Olga Palma, 52, Of Gloversville was arrested Oct. 8 and charged with first-degree offering a false instrument for filing, fourth-degree grand larceny and fourth-degree welfare fraud.

It was determined she failed to report HUD payments on her application for assistance, the release said.

She was issued an appearance ticket for Johnstown City Court.

Disqualifications

According to the release, the unit also disqualified an additional 35 individuals from receiving cash, child care and SNAP benefits for a combined time period of 354 months of program disqualifications.

Those disqualifications resulted in $61,998 in combined program savings, the release said.

 
 

 

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